ST. PAUL’S EVANGELICAL CHURCH PROFILE
STATEMENT OF FAITH
We believe the Bible is the Word of God, written by men, inspired by God. We believe in Salvation by Grace. Grace is the undeserved, unmerited love of God for followers of Christ. Our works are never good enough to justify our salvation. After man disobeyed God and sin came into the world, we were all affected by death, which is the wages of sin. God created us to have life and has always wanted life for us. He had a plan that if someone could live a sinless life, this would reconcile us to God.
We believe that Jesus fulfilled God’s plan. That is why Jesus is the only way to eternal life. When we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Savior and place our complete trust in Him and honestly confess our sins, we are assured by Holy Scripture that we are forgiven and restored to a right relationship with our Creator. While we cannot be saved by our good works alone, we set an example of what we believe through how we live.
We believe the words of the Apostles Creed. This means we believe in the one and only God who was made known to us as the “Triune God,”—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God the Father is the creator of all things. God the Son is Jesus, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. Jesus is the Messiah (Savior) whom God had promised through the prophets for many years. The Holy Spirit is God with us. He helps us interpret Scripture and reveals truth to us. He comforts us and strengthens us. He gives us confidence when we doubt. He leads us in the ways of God. He even provides faith to us.
We believe marriage is the union of one man and one woman, fidelity and holiness in marriage and chastity outside of marriage for the sake of the Kingdom.
BAPTISM as a sacrament is the visible evidence that we have put our old life behind, that we are born anew and become part of Christ’s body, the Church. We practice both adult baptism and infant baptism. We are not baptized into a specific local congregation; therefore, we accept the baptism of other churches. We believe the Church is the living body of Christ, and that we become members of His body when we join the Church.
HOLY COMMUNION as a sacrament is the sharing of consecrated bread and wine as memorials of Christ’s death, a symbol of the body and blood of Christ poured out for us sinners, bestowing a spiritual union between us and Christ. We practice open communion; and therefore, all believers are welcome to share the Lord’s Supper.
CONFIRMATION is the way by which we confirm our faith and accept responsibility as a member of the Body of Christ, the Church. The pastor uses God’s Word, the Bible, to instruct the class about what it means to be a part of God’s family. There is a cost, but also a joy in discipleship in this important life-changing decision.
St. Paul’s conducts traditional services with traditional hymns. Music is an important part of our worship services. Special music is provided by guests, members of the congregations, youth Sunday School classes, or the St. Paul’s choir. A children’s sermon is given before the regular message. Announcements and concerns are shared by the members. Times for church services are:
St. Paul’s Sunday School – 9:30 a.m.
St. Paul’s Worship Service – 10:30 a.m.
In addition to Sunday morning worship services, evening services are held for Maundy Thursday and Christmas Eve.
Currently we are celebrating Holy Communion ten times per year: Epiphany Sunday, the first Sunday in Lent; Maundy Thursday Evening as a communion supper; Easter; World Wide Communion Sunday; Pentecost; the beginning of Advent; plus three other Sundays – one in June, one in July and one in August.
St. Paul’s and Moniteau Advent Evangelical have their roots in Southern Germany and Switzerland following the Church Reformation Fathers Zwingley, Calvin, and Luther. It began as the German Evangelical Church. We were strong on missions, supporting a large missionary group who did a lot of work in India, Japan, and China.
From 1863 to 1893 there were three churches united together as one charge, Moniteau Advent organized in 1848, St. Peter’s of Pleasant Grove founded in 1849, and St. Paul’s, which came into being in 1863. In 1893 Moniteau became independent, and St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s remained one charge. In 1934 the Reformed Church of America merged with the Evangelical Church, and we became Evangelical and Reformed. In 1957 the Evangelical and Reformed merged with the Congregational Christian Church, and it became the United Church of Christ. Moniteau remained independent until 1971, when the three churches once again formed a Tri-Church charge. In 2004, after celebrating 165 years, St. Peter’s discontinued services.
In 2006 St. Paul’s and Moniteau voted to leave the denomination and restore the name Evangelical. We joined the Evangelical Association of Reformed and Congregational Christian Churches for help and support. Since making the decision to leave the United Church of Christ, our churches have remained strong and financially sound, with growing congregations that continue to serve the Lord and our communities.
Over the past 45+ years our churches have been ministered by:
Russell Cobb (August 2015 – present) Pastor Cobb is currently serving as our interim pastor.
Pastor Brian Bish (May 2010 – August 2015) Pastor Bish came to us as a new graduate with a Master of Divinity Degree from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis, MO. In July 2015, he accepted a call to be an associate pastor in Creve Coeur, MO at St. Paul’s Evangelical Free Church, a church that he had joined in January 2010 while in seminary.
Interim Russell Cobb (2009 — 2010) Independent Christian Church
Pastor Chester Marshall (1991 – 2009) Pastor Marshall was formerly a farmer and area businessman who grew up in St. Paul’s Church. Our previous pastor, Reverend Gardner, encouraged Pastor Marshall to become a minister. In April 2007, Pastor Marshall was ordained into the Evangelical Association.
Reverend Troy Gardner (1988-1991) Methodist
Interim Ruth Hotle (1987 – 1988) United Church of Christ
Lay Pastor Joe Fay (1985 – 1987) Catholic
Reverend Richard Ferris (1969-1984) Presbyterian
LOCATION AND FACILITIES
St. Paul’s Evangelical is located in Jamestown, population 386, on Missouri Route 179 about 25 miles northwest of Jefferson City, the capital of Missouri, 40 miles southwest of Columbia, home of the University of Missouri, and 12 miles north of California.
The original two-story building was constructed in 1920 with a sanctuary upstairs that seats about 160. The congregation is a mix of all ages from both Jamestown and surrounding communities with an average attendance of 113. The Sunday School consists of an older adult class, a young adult class, a high school/college class, three elementary classes, and a pre-school class.
A large addition was constructed in 2001 that expanded both floors and added a lift. An accessible restroom, choir room, and five classrooms were added to the upper floor. The remodeled and extended basement has a large recreation hall, spacious kitchen, nursery, children’s playroom, accessible restrooms, and a furnished office for the pastor with a computer, printer, telephone, and internet. The vestibule was recently remodeled and new front doors were installed. St. Paul’s also has a paved parking lot on the east side of the church and an adjoining cemetery on the north.
CHURCH AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITES
CHURCH COUNCIL is the organized leadership responsible for the business oversight of the church. St. Paul’s Church Council consists of six members. The members of the council are elected by the church members and serve staggered three-year terms. The council meets once a month to conduct church business such as authorizing the payment of bills, seeing that the church is maintained, discuss what missions are supported, organize activities, etc. They appoint committees for special tasks. They prepare for communion and keep records. They keep the congregation informed about matters of the church and care for the congregation.
EVANGELICAL COUNCIL is comprised of all Church Council members of St. Paul’s and Moniteau Advent who meet jointly at least twice per year to plan the church calendar, evaluate the pastor, elect officers, appoint special committees as needed, and discuss other business of mutual concern to the two churches.
CEMETERY BOARD is a three member board that is separate from the church council. This group is responsible for plots, mowing and funding of their respective church cemetery. A special offering is held yearly to benefit each cemetery fund.
ST. PAUL’S CHOIR is comprised of volunteer members of the congregation and directed by another volunteer congregation member. Choir practice is generally held every other Wednesday evening. The Choir sings during about half the St. Paul’s morning worship services and also performs at local nursing homes and at community worship services.
ST. PAUL’S BIBLE STUDY GROUP is held on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 – 8:00 pm. A group of 12-16 adults meet to study and discuss the Bible. A Bible book is chosen by the group; someone volunteers to lead the study and the book is studied in depth for many weeks.
ST. PAUL’S JAMESTOWN COMMUNITY YOUTH GROUP (JCYG) was expanded during Pastor Bish’s pastorate from the youth group at St. Paul’s to become JCYG and includes youth grades 9-12 from all area churches. They meet on Wednesday nights and are currently led by the Methodist Pastor and Seth Rohrbach, a young adult member of St. Paul’s.
ST. PAUL’S YOUTH MISSION TRIP began in 2011, when Pastor Bish introduced the idea to the St. Paul’s congregation. The trip is booked through an organization called Group Work Camp. The week-long summer trip is sponsored by St. Paul’s and additional contributions are made by other area churches. Approximately 30 young people and 5-6 adults have been going the past 5 years.
ST. PAUL’S WEDNESDAY WITH JESUS DEVOTIONS (WWJD) is an outreach program begun in September 2014 to reach children K-5th grade on Wednesday mornings during the school year. This program, held at St. Paul’s Church from 7:00 – 7:45 a.m., is a joint venture of several churches in the Jamestown Ministerial Alliance. It consists of games, a hot breakfast and a devotion before children are escorted to school on Wednesday mornings.
ST. PAUL’S SUNDAY SCHOOL RALLY is held at St. Paul’s the last Sunday in September to mark the promotion of those children who will move up into the next Sunday School class. The entire Sunday School meets together in the church basement and donuts are served. Songs are sung and the Sunday School teachers introduce their classes and give a brief overview of activities and what they have studied during the past year.
FAMILY NIGHTS are highly anticipated and well attended. We have delicious carry in meals with a special time of fellowship with our church families. Family nights are held about nine times per year. Some of the favorites are a fall walk, fish fry and hay ride; trivia night; talent night; Sunday School Picnic; volleyball at the school gym; and a picnic at the local park with a ballgame and homemade ice cream.
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER is held each year in March. St. Paul’s, Moniteau Advent, Grace Methodist of Jamestown and Prairie Home Methodist collaboratively conduct the service, joining with churches around the globe in observation of prayer. A program is led by volunteers, followed by a business meeting and fellowship. Host churches are rotated each year and funds raised are donated to various organizations/missions.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (VBS) is held each summer. St. Paul’s and Moniteau partner with Grace Methodist Church in a cooperative Vacation Bible School for children ages 3 – completed 6th Grade. The 2015 VBS enrollment was 68, with average attendance each day of 63 children.
JAMESTOWN MINISTERIAL ALLIANCE is comprised of the pastors in the Jamestown community who volunteer to participate. This alliance is a partnership that plans community-wide services such as the joint Labor Day Service, Thanksgiving Service, and an Easter Sunrise Service held at the high school with churches taking turns hosting breakfast. The alliance pools their resources to address the needs of individuals and families in crisis.
Additional community involvement of our churches include but are not limited to: providing a worship service at the two nursing homes in California, MO about four times a year; serving dinners for the family and friends before or after a funeral; some members volunteering at Moniteau County Christian Ministries in California, MO to sort used clothing that is sold at the store for a very low price. St. Paul’s hosts an annual Red Cross Blood Drive. The churches facilities are used for showers, anniversary celebrations, family reunions, Baccalaureate service, the local National Honor Society’s ceremony, and many community meetings.
St. Paul’s utilizes opportunities to support a variety of missions. We have an ongoing commitment to support a couple working in the Story Runners ministry. Special offerings are held during services and recipients include but are not limited to: Salvation Army, Food Pantry, Festival of Sharing, Mission Festival, Local Fall Fundraising Walk, Families in Need offering, and the Evangelical Children’s Home.
Our Church also supports members Church Camp registration expenses and Mission Trips. The Local Fall Fundraising Walk is in conjunction with a Family Night event at St. Paul’s and the funds raised are donated to community organizations such as the swimming pool and senior housing.
Jamestown currently has a population of 387. The average age is 34.9 years, so we look for the community to continue to grow. The cost of living in Moniteau County as of March 2013 was almost 22% lower than the U.S. average, making it a very economical place to live.
Traditionally Jamestown consisted mostly of farmers, but that has changed over time. Many people now commute to Jefferson City and Columbia for work and entertainment. Our community has a comfortable hometown feel, yet we have a large number of businesses, hospitals, movie theaters, and restaurants within a 30 minute drive.
Jamestown has a good K-12 school. The class sizes are typically small, so the teachers are able to give each student attention they need to succeed. The estimated education level for the population 25 years and over in Jamestown is: High school or higher: 87%; Bachelor’s degree or higher: 13.6%; and Graduate or professional degree: 4.9%.
There are a variety of Christian churches in the area, five of which are located in Jamestown.
Our community has several active groups, including the 4-H Club, Lions Club, and an emergency response organization with volunteer fire fighters, paramedics, and individuals trained in various rescue techniques. Community amenities include community building, park, baseball field, and a new swimming pool.
There are also many opportunities for outdoor activities within a short distance such as trails, lakes and public conservations areas that offer good hunting and fishing. There is a healthy pride in our country and our community, and we make an effort to keep them clean and safe.